Get ready for outdoor activities in Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula
Warmer weather and some sunshine have finally come to the Pacific Northwest! We're making plans now to make the most of our beautiful spring and summer days by getting outside. From a quiet picnic to a day on the trails, Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula have you covered!
“They happen all summer long at the different public beaches and are awesome,” says Paige Schulte.
Hit the beach for one of these free 60- to 90-minute walks, and you’ll learn about the animals of the intertidal zone and brush up on your beach etiquette. Biologists and volunteer naturalists lead the way, and all ages are welcome. Dress for the weather and be ready to get your feet wet! You can find all the details for this summer’s beach walks on the events list of the Harbor Wild Watch Facebook page. See you on the beach!
This is one of Stacey Gendreau’s favorite summer destinations located near Henderson Bay in Puget Sound.
“We love going to Kopachuck State Park,” says Stacey. And it’s no wonder! “It has a very long shoreline, and it’s a great spot to take your pup and a picnic, then watch the sunset as it drops behind the Olympic Mountains!”
There’s something for everyone here, from saltwater fishing and low-key relaxation to shellfish harvesting and paddling. Wade into the water at the beach or bring your boat or kayak and make the trip out to mysterious Cutts Island. (You’ll only get there by boat!) Up for a little hiking? The park has 2 miles of shaded trails.
Looking for quiet, romantic evening on the water with a little European flair? Kristin Niebergall has just the outing for you!
“One of the most fun things I have done with my husband is a romantic Gondola ride through the Harbor,” Kristin shares.
Gondolier John Synco had his authentic gondola, “Nelly,” shipped from Venice, Italy, and his is the only Venetian gondola operation in the Pacific Northwest.
“John Synco is charming, the boat is beautiful and ornate, and a delicious appetizer is provided,” Kristin says. “You can bring your own wine or prosecco and, who knows? John may just serenade you!”
Fancy more of a crowd? Nelly does seat 6 people, so you can always share this unique experience with friends!